USB Files Missing!!!...but there?

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laston

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Hello, I just bought a new 16GB USB drive today to store some of my files. First I created two folders within the USB for these files to go. I then moved (not copied) these files, totaling about 8 GB, among the two folders. I confirmed that they were there. I exited the folders, and reentered them to find nothing! In the properties menu of the folders it says there are no files in them, however when I go to My Computer and enter the properties menu of the USB it says that there is 9.23 GB of data on them! I have tried going into folder options and using to insure they are not just hidden. Where are my invisible files?

My Drive Properties: http://postimage.org/image/amnm2eacb/

Folder Properties: http://postimage.org/image/405jmyi1n/

Folder Options: http://postimage.org/image/ky4k8srff/
 

Oddba11

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Faulty or corrupt drive would be my first guess.

You could try using data recovery software. I've had good luck with EaseUS Data Recovery.

And as you likely just learned, USB drives are meant as a portable media transfer device. NOT as a backup or storage solution. These devices are "disposable" media, aren't reliable, and often fail without warning. If you need a storage or backup solution, use recordable media or a HDD. And always keep multiple copies of important data. ALL storage media is prone to failure...typically when it's most needed.
 
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Here's an article I found while searching the web... They go over a couple recovery software programs that might be able to help you out. I've never had that specific problem so I can't recommend one personally but I have used Recova to recover lost files on different types of media.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9224577/6_data_recovery_tools_for_SD_cards_USB_drives_and_more?taxonomyId=150&pageNumber=3

I have used Recova before and sometimes it's a life saver (and free for home use/no tech support from vendor).

Link directly to Recova's website -> http://www.piriform.com/recuva

Please let us know if this worked for you so we can recommend it to others that may run into this situation.
 

laston

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I used Recova and it recovered only some of my files, though i do not think it is the program's fault.
During my attempt at recovering previously I believe I corrupted some of my files by accident.
Recova did it's job and told me it had found nearly all of my files, however only a few of them were deemed salvageable. Thank you for your help anyways!

These used to be folders: http://postimage.org/image/kykhxss3d/
 
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Well atleast you were able to recover some of your files. Sorry I couldn't help you further!

Take care!
 
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